Menopause at 44- is HRT a must

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hi, I started the menopause over a year ago.

until recently I felt awful, exhaustion, hot flushes, insomnia etc.

most of the symptoms have calmed down expect starting to feel completely drained again, and looking like I aged 15 years in the past year and I am slightly stiff.

i decided not to take H R T and just vitamins as was very nervous that there was side effects I.e cancer.

now I am thinking that I should be taking it as I read that it helps protect the heart and bones.

just looking for advise, if HRT helps with fatique

thanks

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    Hi I can't say Hrt helps with fatigue in my case I still have restless nights. It may be worth getting your blood checked as I found I had low iron stores contributing to my tiredness which I found odd as I no longer bleed.
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    I have been happily using HRT for 26 years now.  Always the oestradiol type.  However, I also have haemochromatosis, which causes the similar symptoms as menopause.  It is like a double whammy so I am so grateful that I have HRT.

    Haemochromatosis does cause extreme fatigue too and as you are no longer menstruating it is worthwhile asking your gp for an Iron Studies test.  If you have the HH genes, the symptoms come on with menopause but are masked by menopause because they are the same.

    If you are still afraid of HRT, read the actual studies that were done on HRT, e.g. WHI.  You will find that the studies were flawed.  They gave Premarin to women who were well past menopause and had to have no symptoms of menopause to participate in the study.  Premarin has already been proven to be the most problematic and to give them to women well past their need for it is criminal.  The study was stopped as it was causing bad health problems for the women.  Leading gynecologists condemned it, and said it set back the health of women for decades.  YET, it is this study that is referred to on information sheets of ALL HRT medications!

     

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      Thanks for this, all this HRT business is confusing, I have had TAH and BSO 2 weeks ago and can't have HRT due to a stroke I had some years ago!

      I would have it if I could

      Jo

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    I'm 50 and have had symptoms on and off for five years. My main problem was hot flushes. They became so bad that I gave in and started HRT. Which has really helped. I'm sleeping well and the hot flushes have stopped completely. I am on Elleste Duet 1mg. The only down side for me is my monthly bleed ( which you have to have if you still have a womb) is heavy and painful. I'm not a pill taker at all and very reluctantly started HRT. I've been on it 4 months. This month ( since last Wednesday so week today I have cut my tiny pill in half. I wondered if I'm having too much hormones hence the heavy painful bleed. I've been waiting for the hot flushes !! So far so good. So in a nutshell my advice would be from a very reluctant HRT'er give it a try. Aches and pains are better but haven't gone away completely like the hot flushes. Good Luck.
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    Hello. I've taken HRT since 1991 following a hysterectomy and oophorectomy apart from a break of about 6 months last year. My menopausal symptoms came on with a vengeance, I was tired and the osteoarthritis in my joints was extremely painful. My GP started to prescribe it again just before Christmas and within a week I felt so much better. I sleep well and the pain in my joints is much improved. I no longer have hot flushes. If you're in the UK the NICE guidelines are very positive about HRT and GP's are advised to prescribe it for any woman who has symptoms of menopause and would benefit from it. A lot of the research mainly from America we now know is flawed as many of us in gynaecology thought. My energy levels have increased so much I don't think I could manage without it.
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    Hello I hope this helps. I too was very nervous about starting HRT because of the side effects especially since I am a mammographer and have learned that estrogen is correlated with Breast CA .  I think everything in moderation is a good rule of thumb.  Since I have started HRT in October 2015 I feel immensely better.  For me it has been a life changer.  No more fatigue depression and sleepless nights and no more hot flashes! I have cardiac history in my family so I am hoping the estrogen will continue to protect my heart and promote density in my bones since I am now osteoporotic due to menopause!  There is nothing pretty about menopause for me.  Everyone is different but at this age quality of life is most important! Good luck!
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      The NICE Guidelines produced recently states that women who take an oestrogen only HRT (only for ladies without a uterus) has no increased risk of breast cancer. If taking the combined oestrogen and progesterone HRT there is a slightly higher risk however because it is only slightly higher there is a possibility that these women could have developed breast cancer anyway. I just wanted to put this in perspective because these guidelines are now being followed by GP's and hospital doctors following the realisation that previous research was flawed.
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    Hi - I am 45 and my periods have stopped for now and I have been having lots of changes and strange symptoms, including the ageing skin and fatigue sad  I also found thinking about HRT a difficult decision and have not ruled it out, but don't take it right now.

    Yes, it can protect bones and heart but there are all sorts of factors that can help or hinder those issues if you choose not to take HRT.  Have you stopped having periods for over a year?  If you have I think it would be good to talk to your GP about HRT - I was advised that under 45 with low estrogen levels, it is a good idea to take HRT, under 40 and it is very much recommended.  It really is down to personal factors though.

    We are both at an age where it's a question mark in some ways, so take a look at risk factors for taking HRT and for not. Your doctor should be able to do a risk assessment with you. Increases in calcium and vitamin D will help your bones, weight bearing excercise too.  A healthy diet, excercise etc will all help with risk factor for heart disease, loss of hormones is only one of them.

    The issue of fatigue is difficult, I still have it and would really like to do something about that, but again, I'm not sure HRT is the fix for me. I have quite a stressfull life and I think losing hormones increases stress hormones and that is causing it - I feel more anxious than I used too. So I am working on that and hoping it helps. Good luck x

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      Hi

      Should look into rhodiola  solgar brand magnesium and b12 should help with fatigue or the floradix  

      Revive active another very good product👍

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    Hi 

    im in the same boat forty four going through menopause for the last 2-3 years haven't taken hrt which was recommended by gp.  Afraid of all the side effects, also when you come off hrt you still get hot flushes😡.  That's all I'm really suffering with

    my husband probably disagree mood swings.  Have meet other women who have gone through it with out taking anything it's so confussing I wish it was a little more out there what's right and wrong everyone is different not every one needs calcium and fit D. Which is the first thing recommended.   

    We need more education on this.  What's available naturally and if that doesn't work take xyz

    have appointment with gp shes strongly recommending hrt because of my age.  I'm going to through caution to the wind and take hrt and see what happens ??

     

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      Hi

      I started this thread over a year ago. After posting this, I started on HRT as my consultant said I needed too as I was 44.

      Within 24 hours of putting on the hrt patch, I felt nearly normal after a year of feeling terrible,

      So I am glad I started hrt, the only downside is I think it caused a bit of weight gain

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      Hi October will be my second year of HRT. I love it and don't know how I will live without it!

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      Hi

      Went to GP all set to take HRT patch.  GP advised no HRT I could get  pregnant that would mean HRT and pill or some form of contraceptive so she suggested the pill more or less the same thing for the next 4 years then on to HRT .  Now on pill  back to period which I really don't want.  Did the GP mention anything re getting pregnant ?  Also no calcium  only vit D  and mag which I totally agree.  I'm going to to see if I can find a specialist in menopause 👍

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      I love it! The body loves hormones. I sleep better I'm not foggy in the brain no hot flashes no achy joints and no irritability!

      Recommend highly 

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      I'm so glad to hear that you love your HRT!  Glad it's helped.  

      Sorry to be noisy, if you don't mind, what dosage of patch did you start on.  .025, .0375, .050, .075 or .1?

      Did it take a while for your body to adjust, or was the first patch you tried the right dosage?

       

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